Netbooks now more popular than iPhone

Have we entered the era of the netbook? For those not paying attention a netbook is an ultraportable notebook. It's also an ultra-affordable notebook most often priced below $500. In recent months, the form factor has become so popular sales figures are rivaling Apple's iPhone, according to sales data.

According to the latest smartphone sales numbes from Gartner and DisplaySearch's netbook sales numbers, 4.7 million iPhones were shipped in Q3 2008, while a whopping 5.6 million netbooks were sold in the same period.

Actually, debates sparked a couple of months ago about Apple releasing a small notebook computer, in the form of a netbook. But Steve Jobs seemed to think that iPhones can do the same things as netbooks, even going on saying that "not a lot of them (netbooks) getting sold."

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